Become an everyday hero in healthcare

15 July 2023

Why should I consider a career in healthcare?

There are lots of great reasons to consider working in this sector and becoming a healthcare hero, and a career in healthcare could be closer than you think. So, why not join the next Coleg Gwent Open Event to find out more about the different routes you can take… It’s much broader and more holistic than just medicine and nursing!

A variety of roles

Healthcare roles

The sector offers a wide range of roles and diverse work settings. Healthcare doesn’t just take place in hospitals and care homes, but also in complementary therapies in the community, science labs, and essential occupations behind the scenes in digital technology, engineering, admin and beyond. So, there are many skills that are highly sought-after and in demand.

The COVID pandemic made us realise how much we value holistic care services like hairdressing, which impacts positively on our wellbeing. And we’ve also seen the positive influence of digital technology and engineering in healthcare too, with new advances and innovations leading the way. So, these skills and services are highly sought after, just as much as care roles, and with courses at Coleg Gwent, you can gain hands-on experience in a range of healthcare settings.

You could explore a vocational course in Health, Care and Early Years, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Science, where you’ll gain knowledge, skills and hands-on experience to kick-start your career in healthcare, or pursue your interests in engineering and technology to prepare you for the field of healthcare innovation. Or you could explore your favourite subjects at A-Level, with topics like Biology, Health and Social Care, and Psychology feeding naturally into healthcare roles, alongside technology and IT if you’re keen to shape the future of the healthcare sector. If you’re not sure what A-Level subjects to take, our Social Science pathway and Medical pathway will guide you to identify the right cluster of subjects to take you into a successful healthcare career.

Feel good factor

Many people choose to work in healthcare to make a real difference to others’ lives. It’s known to be one of the most rewarding sectors, so you’ll get a strong sense of job satisfaction. Whether you’re looking after children and influencing them at the early stages in life; caring for the sick in hospital at the toughest time in their lives; providing a wellbeing service to improve quality of life; or developing the next healthcare innovation to help save lives; your impact will be a positive one.

As an integral part of the local community, Coleg Gwent recognises that working in healthcare enables you to give something back to your community. Currently, the college supports Ty Hafan as their chosen charity of the year to enable all students and staff to be part of this. So, if you’re looking for a career with a feel-good factor and a college that shares the same ethos, healthcare at Coleg Gwent is the route for you.

Spanning the career spectrum

A career in healthcare can begin at any stage in your life and take you in many directions. Whether you’re a school-leaver starting your journey, a mature learner focusing on continuing professional development (CPD), or just considering a career change, healthcare courses are suitable for any stage in your career. There’s always more to learn and many ways to progress your career too.

It’s never too late to re-train and take your career in a new direction. Following the pandemic, many people are now reconsidering their options, and you might be one of them. Being in lockdown has given us time to think about what we really want and need. If you’re caring and passionate about working with people and making a difference, you can do this regardless of whether your forte or preference lies in IT, Science, Engineering or Technology.  Now could be the right time to explore a career in healthcare career too. From entry level courses to university-level qualifications, Coleg Gwent has it all. And don’t worry, if you’ve been out of education for some time, you can also study Access to Nursing, Medical and Health Care Studies and Access to Social Care, to take you on to our degree level studies in Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health, and Childhood Studies.

With so many different roles and an increased demand for healthcare skills and knowledge, it can be hard to know where to begin. So, join the next Coleg Gwent Open Event to find out more about becoming a healthcare hero with Coleg Gwent and apply now!

Three healthcare learners from Coleg Gwent